Elephants Cannot Dance! (Elephant and Piggie Series)

Elephants Cannot Dance! (Elephant and Piggie Series)

by Mo Willems


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Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

In Elephants Cannot Dance! Piggie tries to teach Gerald some new moves. But will Gerald teach Piggie something even more important?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423114109
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Publication date: 06/09/2009
Series: Elephant and Piggie Series , #9
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 24,755
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 150L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About the Author

#1 New York Times best-selling author and illustrator Mo Willems started his career on Sesame Street, where he garnered six Emmy Awards for his writing before changing the face of children's literature with his groundbreaking picture books. Mo has been awarded a Caldecott Honor on three occasions (for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity) and his acclaimed Elephant and Piggie early reader series received the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal in 2008. He lives in Western Massachusetts

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Elephants Cannot Dance! (Elephant and Piggie Series) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
hey_teach More than 1 year ago
You can't go wrong with any of the Elephant & Piggie books by Mo Willems. The characters have such a personality and the drawings are so simple that the kids love them! I especially love this book and so do my students, Piggie is a riot and Elephant (Gerald) is so lovable. This was one of those "Read it again!" books that the kids ask to have repeated right away. The students loved mimicing the dance moves from Piggie and predicted how Elephant would react to Piggie. If you love the Elephant & Piggie series, this is definitely one to add to your collection. How can you not love those two friends?
vnwender on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about an elephant named Gerald and a piggy. She tries to teach Gerald how to dance but he is very careful unlike piggy. Gerald ends up teaching Piggy a more important lesson in the end.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There aren't many easy reader series out there that are as funny as the Elephant and Piggy books. These have very simple illustrations and a lot of very emotional turns of phrase, so hopefully you can start from the beginning keeping kids from developing that awful droning readaloud voice so many children have.The trouble in this book is that no matter what Piggy does to teach Gerald how to dance, he cannot - it says so in the book of what elephants can do. Eventually he gets frustrated and throws a tantrum... which is quickly adopted by the local squirrels as "the Elephant dance". Guess Elephants can dance after all :)Best moment? Has to be when Piggy says "Jump when I say three" and Gerald is a full two pages behind the beat.
kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cute! Elephant and Piggie are wonderful friends, and even when they get frustrated with each other, they still maintain that friendship. Piggie *really* wants to teach Gerald how to dance (she's dressed as a ballerina), but he simply cannot follow her instructions, and sadly repeats that "elephants just cannot dance." But when two squirrels come along asking to be taught "The Elephant," everyone cheers up!Charming and funny!
HilarySI624 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Despite his well-founded misgivings about an elephant¿s abilities to dance, Gerald allows his friend Piggie to try to teach him. Mo Willems¿ characteristically simple illustrations use soft colors, have minimal ¿ if any ¿ shading, and retain a pencil-like outline. This style of illustration promotes an intimacy with the reader, as if Willems had just dashed off the story minutes before in the same room. Despite their simplistic nature, the illustrations are packed with action and emotion. Gerald¿s consternation and determination scream off the page through set eyebrows and repetition of ¿We will try again.¿ The lack of background detail also helps the reader to focus on the action between Gerald and Piggie.
carriedold on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great for a read aloud, funny.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Piggie is teaching all her friends to dance, but Gerald might prove to be a bit of a challenge. Lots of laughs and a sweet ending make this one a winner.
Ju_Rocks More than 1 year ago
I read it to my 5 year old daughter. I didn't like it. She was indifferent so we didn't buy the book. I would not reread this one.
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Readingmom33 More than 1 year ago
Mo Willems uses animals to make apoint in all fo his books. Mo's done it again, and this time, it's an elephant that shows the way. It's not so much that elephants cannot dance as elephants usually don't dance becuase they do not try. For children, it's good to point out to them that they can do anything they want to, if they put their heart, soul, and nmid to it. Another winner in a very long line of boks for Mr. Willems. Go Mo!
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Wev-C More than 1 year ago
My granddaughter love this series; however, this book did not have a very interesting story. It was disappointing.
AnnaCanTeach More than 1 year ago
I'm a first grade teacher and my students always love Mo Willems's stories. This is an adorable story about trying hard and doing the best you can. It's not as funny or witty as "There is a bird on your head" or "Watch me throw the ball", but I'm sure my students will look forward to another one of their adventures.